Mark Ivanir

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Mark Ivanir
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Mark Alexandrovich Ivanir

Years active1988–present

Mark Alexandrovich Ivanir (Hebrew: מארק איווניר; Ukrainian: Марк Олександрович Іванір; Russian: Марк Александрович Иванир) is a Ukrainian-born Israeli actor known for his character roles on American film and television. He is fluent in six languages, a skill often shown off in his performances.

Early life[edit]

Ivanir was born in Chernovtsi (now Chernivtsi), Ukrainian SSR. His family emigrated to Israel in 1972, and settled in the Pardes Katz neighbourhood of Bnei Brak. His father, Alexander, was an English teacher, and his mother Malka a German teacher. His maternal grandfather, Meshulem Surkis, was a Yiddish writer, journalist, actor, and theatre critic, who was a well-known activist in the Yiddish cultural world. He was raised in a multilingual household, speaking Hebrew, Ukrainian, and Russian, and later learning English.

His national service in the Israeli Defense Forces saw him involved in Operation Joshua, one of two operations by the IDF to bring Ethiopian Jews from Sudanese refugee camps to Israel. After completing his service, he turned down a job offer from Mossad.[1] He briefly studied medicine, before deciding on a life in the performing arts. He completed two years in a circus school, traveled throughout Europe performing on the streets as a clown, and ended up working in the Parisian Cirque Pawelles. After leaving the circus, Mark entered into formal theatrical training under famed Israeli director Nissan Nativ, performing at the Cameri Theater and Israeli Opera.


During this time, Ivanir had his first film role in the 1988 action film Iron Eagle II, directed by Sidney J. Furie. The film was a Canadian-Israeli-American co-production filmed in Israel with an international cast. Ivanir played a Soviet army serviceman, Mikhail Balyonev.

Following his studies with Nativ, Ivanir joined the Gesher Theater, a Tel Aviv-based company composed of emigrants from the former USSR. Within two years, Gesher became Israel's top theatrical outfit and was hailed by the London Times as "one of the six best theatre companies in the world." Using his knowledge of multiple languages, Ivanir translated and adapted eight foreign-language plays into Hebrew for the company. He later moved to London to study under Philippe Gaulier at the Complicité.

Ivanir's first major film role was in Steven Spielberg's 1993 Oscar-winning epic Schindler's List, where he played Marcel Goldberg. He worked with Spielberg twice thereafter, first for a cameo appearance in The Terminal, then again for The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn. Ivanir held a pivotal role in Robert De Niro's 2006 film, The Good Shepherd, for which he won the Silver Bear Award at the Berlin Film Festival, later landing a role in Barry Levinson's What Just Happened, this time acting alongside De Niro.

In 2011, he appeared in Universal's Johnny English Reborn, Universal's Big Miracle and 360.

His biggest part to date was on the critically acclaimed A Late Quartet, released from RKO pictures in the United States, in fall 2012. The film was voted as one of the New York Daily News 10 top films of the year. Ivanir played Daniel Lerner, the first violin of the string quartet, whose other members are played by Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener and Christopher Walken.

Ivanir has had over 60 guest star and guest lead roles on television shows such as 24, Monk, CSI: NY, Law & Order, Fringe, CSI: Miami, Nikita and Royal Pains.

In 2016 Ivanir had a recurring role on Homeland as Russian intelligence agent Ivan Krupin. The season was nominated for the SAG Awards and for the Emmy's.

In 2017, he played a Holocaust survivor in the critically acclaimed German-language film "Bye Bye Germany" and recurred on Amazon's "Transparent". As of August 2019, Amazon Prime is airing worldwide the Israeli hit show "The Beauty and the Baker", with Ivanir playing the part of Zvika Granot.

In 2018, he co-starred in the film Entebbe, directed by José Padilha, the creator of Narcos, and Bill Hader's HBO comedy Barry, in which he recurs as three Chechen brothers. He appeared in The Red Sea Diving Resort, as the head of the Mossad, alongside Sir Ben Kingsley, Chris Evans and Greg Kinnear.

Personal life[edit]

Ivanir is married to Maya Raz, an IDF broadcaster. His sister-in-law is actress Romi Aboulafia, and his father-in-law is journalist Menashe Raz. He has two daughters, and resides with his family in Los Angeles.

Ivanir is fluent in Hebrew, Russian, English, Ukrainian, French and Yiddish, and adept in German and Arabic. His multi-lingualism is often a feature of his roles.



Year Title Role Notes
1988 Iron Eagle II Mikhail Balyonev
1989 Berlin-Yerushalaim Dov Ben Gelman
1991 Delta Force 3: The Killing Game Pietre Ivanovich
1993 Schindler's List Marcel Goldberg
2000 The Man Who Cried Man in Sweatshop
2001 Hollywood Palms Russian Mover
2003 Ish HaHashmal Avraham Rutenberg
2003 Marines Maj. Dmitri Kirilenko
2004 The Terminal Goran
2005 When Do We Eat? Rafi
2005 Mr. & Mrs. Smith Dive Bar Patron
2005 The Cutter Doctor Joseph
2006 Undisputed II: Last Man Standing Gaga
2006 The Good Shepherd Valentin Mironov #2
2007 The Hunting Party Boris
2008 What Just Happened Johnny
2008 Get Smart Russian Guy in Bathroom
2010 Holy Rollers Mendel Gold
2010 Undisputed III: Redemption Gaga
2010 The Human Resources Manager The HR Manager
2010 Bunraku Eddie
2011 360 The Boss
2011 Johnny English Reborn Artem Karlenko
2011 The Adventures of Tintin Afghar Outpost Soldier / Secretary (voices)
2012 Big Miracle Dimitri
2012 The Fourth State Aslan
2012 A Late Quartet Daniel Lerner
2016 The Man Who Was Thursday Jack
2017 Bye Bye Germany Holzmann
2018 7 Days in Entebbe Motta Gur
2019 The Red Sea Diving Resort Barack Isaacs
2020 Kajillionaire Stovik Mann
2022 Rubikon Dimitri Krylow


Year Title Role Notes
1995–1996 Inyan Shel Zman Doron 7 episodes
2001 Walker, Texas Ranger French Mercenary Episode:"Blood Diamonds"
2001 JAG Capt. Yoel Episode: "The Promised Land"
2007 Close to Home Nikolai Shevchenko Episode: "Internet Bride"
2008 The Cleaner Gaza 2 episodes
2009 Dollhouse Cyril Episode: "The Gray Hour"
2009 CSI: Miami Gregor Kasparov Episode: "Seeing Red"
2010 Im Angesicht des Verbrechens Andrej, Russian mobster 9 episodes
2010 Fringe Roland David Barrett Episode: "Marionette"
2012–2015 The Gordin Cell Yaakov "Yasha" Lundin Season 1: Main antagonist
Season 2: Supporting character
2012 Transporter: The Series Sergei Zarov Episode: "Payback"
2013 Grimm Boris Myshkin Episode: "Red Menace"
2013–2017 Beauty and the Baker Tzvika Granot 18 episodes
2014 Braquo (season 3) Levani Jordania 7 episodes
2014 The Blacklist (season 1) Ivan Episode: "Ivan" (No. 88)
2014 The Mentalist (season 7) Jan Nemic Episode: "Orange Blossom Ice Cream"
2014 Crisis Boris Makarov Episode: "How Far Would You Come"
2015–2018 Homeland Ivan Krupin, Russian intelligence agent of SVR Recurring role
2017 Madam Secretary Timur Soroka Episode: "Extraordinary Hazard"
2017 Transparent Nitzan 4 episodes
2017 Salvation Defense Minister Toporov End of Season 1
2018 Barry Vacha / Ruslan Recurring role
2018 S.W.A.T. Cohen Episode: Never Again
2018 American Horror Story: Apocalypse Nicholas II of Russia Episode: "Fire and Reign"
2019 The New Pope Bauer
2019 For All Mankind Mikhail Mikhailovich Vasiliev 2 episodes
2020 Away Misha Popov
2020 Nasdrovia Aleksei [2]
2022 Babylon Berlin Abe Gold Season 4: 12 episodes
2022 Litvinenko Alexender Goldfarb

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2003 SOCOM II U.S. Navy SEALs Voice Additional voices
2004 Syphon Filter: The Omega Strain Jandran, Sok-ju Yang, CDP Soldier A
2005 Psychonauts Mikhail Bulgakov, Lungfish Zealot
2005 Call of Duty 2 Voice Additional voices
2006 Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror
2006 Gothic 3
2006 Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Double Agent
2006 SOCOM U.S. Navy SEALs: Combined Assault
2006 Call of Duty 3 Actor
2007 Blazing Angels 2 Voice
2007 World in Conflict
2007 Cars Mater-National Championship Yuri
2007 Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Voice Additional voices
2008 The Bourne Conspiracy
2009 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand
2009 The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena Mad Margo, Exbob
2009 World in Conflict: Soviet Assault Malashenko
2009 Wanted: Weapons of Fate The Russian
2010 Metro 2033 Eugene, Miller
2011 Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Russian Pilot
2011 Battlefield 3 Solomon
2011 Assassin's Creed: Revelations Prince Selim Additional voices
2012 Diablo III Voice
2012 Ghost Recon: Future Soldier Russian Bodark
2013 Metro: Last Light Pavel Igorevich
2014 Wolfenstein: The New Order Set Roth
2015 Call of Duty: Black Ops III Voice Additional voices
2016 World of Warcraft: Legion
2016 Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
2017 Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus Set Roth
2019 Metro Exodus Krest Additional voices
2019 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Russian soldiers Additional voices
2020 Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Dimitri Belikov
2021 Call of Duty: Vanguard Misha Petrov


  1. ^ "The 'Homeland' spy who started out as an Israeli intelligence operative". Haaretz.
  2. ^ "Movistar estrena la comedia 'Nasdrovia', que tendrá dos nuevos capítulos semanales". El Periódico. November 6, 2020.

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